Licenses, Permits, & Requirements It Is Unlawful Permit Vendors Lewiston Nez Perce Express License and Permit Requirements (208) 746–6225 Lapwai Valley Foods (208) 843–2070 Lenore/Peck Red Shed Fly Shop (208) 486–6098 Orofino Orofino Smoke Shop (208) 476–4414 The Guide Shop (208) 476–3531 Kamiah Dale & Jill’s (208) 935–2742 Kooskia Purple Feather (208) 926–7356 Tom Cat Sporting Goods (208) 926–4359 Craigmont Camas Express (208) 924–9868 *Permits may also be purchased online at: www.nptfishpermits.com Snagging It is unlawful to take or attempt to take salmon by snagging. Snagging shall mean the taking or attempting to take a fish by use of a hook or lure in any manner or method other than enticing or attracting a fish to strike with, and become hooked in it’s mouth. A salmon that has been hooked anywhere other than its mouth or jaw must be released. The following acts are unlawful by statute or commission rule for non-Indian holders of this permit. They are listed here for your information. Please consult Title 36, Idaho Code, or the 2014-2015 Idaho Fishing Seasons and Rules for exact wording and complete listing. I. To fish within the posted upstream or downstream boundary of any fish weir or trap. II. To refuse to produce license or fish for inspection upon request by a conservation officer. III. To fail to stop and report at check stations that have been established to inspect licenses and fish and game. IV. To possess, transport or use as bait any live fish, leeches, frogs, salamanders, waterdogs, or shrimp as bait, except that live crayfish may be used if caught on the body of water being fished. V. To catch any part of another person’s bag limit, EXCEPT in the case of license-exempt persons fishing for salmon. VI. To transport for another or accept as a gift any game fish, unless a statement signed by the taker accompanies the fish, showing the number and kinds, the date taken, the taker’s name, address and fishing license number. VII. To claim ownership to more fish taken within the state of Idaho than allowed by established possession limits. VIII. To ship any fish by commercial carrier unless the outside of the package is marked as to the number and kinds of fish and the package contains a written statement showing the taker’s name, address and fishing license number. IX. To use seines, dip nets, spears, snag hooks, or any other contrivances in taking any fish from the waters of the state EXCEPT as allowed by Commission regulation. X. To waste game fish. XI. To sell fish without a permit. It Is Lawful To purchase salmon from an enrolled Nez Perce Indian fishermen lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved to them by the Treaty of 1855, provided that fish are sold during a tribally authorized commercial sales season (a sales receipt must be provided to the purchaser as required per Tribal law for tribal members selling fish). Resident (14 & older) $25.00 Non-Resident (14 & older) $50.00 Non-Resident (14 & older) 3-Day $25.00 I. Fishing License and Salmon Permit in possession to fish for salmon, except Free Fishing Day, June 14, 2014. II. Any person, age 14 and older, who does not qualify as a resident must purchase a permit. III. In order to qualify for resident status, a person must be domiciled in the state for at least six months. IV. Children (including nonresidents) under the age of 14 may fish without a salmon permit provided they are accompanied by the holder of a valid permit and that any salmon greater than 24 inches total length kept must be recorded on the permit holder’s card and all salmon kept must be counted in the permit holder’s legal bag, possession, and season limit. V. Resident children under the age of 14 may purchase their own salmon permit so that they may catch their own limit of salmon. VI. Nonresident children under the age of 14 may purchase a Nonresident salmon permit so that they may catch their own limit of salmon. 2014 Spring Chinook Salmon Harvest Season The holder of a valid Idaho Fishing License and Salmon Permit may also fish for salmon in the Clearwater River within the boundaries of the 1863 Nez Perce Reservation. The holder of a Nez Perce Tribal permit may use two fishing poles at no additional charge. Salmon in this brochure refer to anadromous (ocean run) Chinook salmon of the species Oncorhynchus tshawytscha. A Idaho State license or permit is not needed when you have a Nez Perce Tribe permit. Nez Perce Tribe Seasons Fishing Hours These waters are open to fishing for salmon during the periods listed. Waters not specifically designated below remain closed unless opened by Idaho Fish & Game. In all waters open to salmon fishing, the season is 7 days a week until further notice. Fishing for salmon is permitted only during the hours shown in the table below. These times are approximately 1 ⁄2 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset. Beginning and ending times for salmon fishing are shown by week for Pacific Time. The following areas open to fishing within the Nez Perce Reservation boundries for Chinook salmon on April 26, 2014 Mainstem Clearwater River (Lower): From Hatwai Creek adjacent to the Clearwater River Casino upstream to the Highway 12 (Arrow) Bridge. Clearwater River (Middle): From a posted boundary at the tip of land below the Dworshak Hatchery at the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River upstream to the Orofino Bridge. Mainstem Clearwater River (Upper): From the Orofino Bridge upstream to the highway 11 Greer Bridge. North Fork Clearwater River: Salmon fishing from any watercraft is prohibited. Open to bank angling from the mouth upstream to Dworshak Dam (see Special Restrictions section). Middle Fork Clearwater River: From its confluence with the South Fork Clearwater River to upstream to the Highway 12 Bridge at milepost #79. Special Restrictions Dates: AM Begin Time PM End Time April 22 – May 18 5:00 8:30 May 19 – June 15 4:30 9:00 June 16- July 20 4:30 9:15 July 21- August 17 5:00 9:00 Mainstem Clearwater River: Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited. Fishing is also prohibited in the area of the ladder at the Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery (approximately 1 mile upstream of the Cherrylane Bridge) as delineated by posted boundaries approximately 100 yards upstream and downstream from the ladder, and extending into the river channel approximately 50 yards. In the big Eddy near Lenore Rest Area at milepost 28 on US Highway 12, fishing from any watercraft is prohibited from a posted boundary downstream of river mile 27.6 extending to the posted boundary at river mile 28.0. North Fork Clearwater River: The mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River is defined as a straight line between the posted signs located at the Clearwater Hatchery outlet culvert on the west side and at the tip of land below the Dworshak Hatchery on the east side. Fishing from the shoreline or wading along the perimeter of Dworshak National Fish Hatchery is prohibited. Fishing from any watercraft or wading is prohibited between the posted line approximately 150 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork Clearwater River to the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge. When fishing from the Ahsahka Highway 7 Bridge, it is unlawful to take or attempt to take any fish downstream of the railroad bridge. Fishing from the railroad bridge is prohibited. Methods of Take I. Only barbless hooks may be used when fishing for salmon. Bending the barb down to the shank of a single, double, or treble hook will meet this requirement. II. It is unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch measured from the point of the hook to the shank. Well Flattened Barb Harvest Rules Only hatchery salmon with a clipped adipose fin (as evidenced by a healed scar) may be kept. All salmon with an intact adipose fin must be immediately released unharmed back to the water. Daily, Possession, & Season Limits Wild or hatchery salmon with an unclipped adipose fin MUST be released immediately. *Adult Chinook Salmon are 24 inches or more in length. *Jack Chinook Salmon are less than 24 inches in length. Clearwater River Casino I. II. Tribal fisheries also occur in Idaho. They are governed by the Tribe and have different rules than Idaho sport fisheries. Please be respectful and honor these different fishing traditions and methods. III. Season Limit: No person may take more than twenty (20) adult Chinook salmon statewide during 2014 salmon seasons occurring prior to September 1, 2014. Anglers must cease fishing for salmon when they retain their season limit. IV. Salmon greater than 24 inches total length must be recorded on your salmon permit. Salmon less than 24 inches total length count in the bag and possession limit but need not be recorded on the permit. Anglers may not fish in waters having special limits while in possession of fish in excess of those limits. (For example: an angler may not fish in the Mainstem North Fork or Middle Fork Clearwater if they have harvested one or more adult salmon in another river section that day. V. HWY 12 Milepost #79 Daily Limit: 4 Chinook Salmon only 2 may be adults with the exception that only one (1) adult may be from the mainstem Clearwater, or Middle Fork Clearwater. Possession Limit: 12 Chinook Salmon no more than six (6) may be adults except that no more than three (3) can be from the Mainstem Clearwater, North Fork Clearwater, or Middle Fork Clearwater. “Possession limit” shall apply to salmon while in the field or being transported to the final place of consumption or storage. Not greater than 5/8 inches Only barbless hooks may be used Hatchery salmon may be kept if the adipose fin has been clipped I. II. III. IV. It shall be unlawful to fish in any waters while having fish in possession which violate rules for those waters. No person shall have in the field or in transit a hatcheryproduced adult anadromous salmon that has been processed by removing the head and tail unless the following conditions are met: 1) the fish has been recorded on the taker’s salmon permit; 2) the fish is processed and packaged with the skin naturally attached to the flesh including a portion with a healed, clipped, adipose fin scar and 3) it must be packaged in a manner that the number of fish harvested can readily be determined. No person shall transport processed salmon via boat. Jack salmon may not be processed while in the field or in transit. Any processed salmon count towards an angler’s possession limit while in the field. All salmon that are hooked, landed and reduced to possession shall be counted in the limits of the person hooking the fish. Salmon caught in a legal manner must be either released or killed immediately after landing.
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